Wallasey cycle organisation helps community with bike maintenance and training courses

Energise Cycles is a community-oriented business based on Dock Road on the Wallasey side of Wirral Waters.

Joe Grant and Hollie Burnett started Energise Cycles with the aim of helping members of the local community to be able to afford to cycle and give them the freedom that cheap, personal transportation provides.

Additionally, the project promotes active travel for families and children, helping people live healthier lifestyles.

Joe said, “We help mums and dads keep their children’s bikes on the road and offer support to those who need assistance with repairs or gaining an affordable bike.”

At an affordable price, Energise Cycles provides bike servicing as well as leading training courses on bike maintenance for people of all ages. The courses involve demonstrations of basic repairs and sessions on the Highway Code.

In addition, they organize community rides to promote social and personal mobility, as well as raise awareness of the mental and physical health benefits of exercise. The company places a strong emphasis on safety policies, assisting bike owners in following regulations to ensure the safety of all road users.

Energise Cycles also run a course in partnership with Merseyside Police where youngsters can learn bike maintenance and road safety and take part in bike rides. Joe said that the course “has a really positive impact on everyone involved.”

Joe and Hollie trained six police officers and CSPOs in basic bike maintenance in order for them to be able to take part in running the courses.

The bikes come from various sources such as unclaimed lost or stolen bikes from Merseyside Police and from donations from the public. The bikes are in various states of repair and during the six-week course, the attendees fix the bikes up to get them road-worthy and at the end, they get to keep them.

Energise Cycles set up for training

Alfie, one of the young people taking part in the course told birkenhead.news, “It’s helping me fix bikes, helping me learn stuff I haven’t learned before.” Looking forward, the 14-year-old said, “In the future, I could be a mechanic working in bike shops, fixing other people’s bikes”

Constable Andy Holsgrove of Merseyside Police said, “We’re trying to steer young people away from involvement and things such as county lines activities.

“We are trying to offer opportunities that will lead to things such as further training courses and potentially further employment and ultimately, just to try and show that there are opportunities that may not immediately be present to young people from challenging backgrounds.”

Joe and Hollie are looking for sponsorship so that Energise Cycles can continue to run its courses – if you think you can help please contact admin@energisecycles.co.uk

To donate bikes, book a place in a workshop or enquire about a reduced-cost refurbished bike, contact Energise Cycles at www.energisecycles.co.uk 

Taking a rest during a cycle ride

Main image: Joe Grant of Energise Cycles. Credit: www.fotopiaimages.com

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